A page of history is turning: the time to say goodbye to Elizabeth II has come | Death of Queen Elizabeth II

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A page of history is turning: the hour of farewell to Élisabeth II has come | Death of the queen&Eacute ;lisabeth II

Last members of the public paid their respects to the queen early Monday morning.

After a tidal wave of popular tributes, the world bid farewell to Elizabeth II on Monday at a grand funeral in London, where dignitaries from around the world will salute a world-renowned sovereign who had dedicated her 70-year reign to the crown.

With precise and tirelessly prepared pomp, this religious funeral in front of 2,000 guests at Westminster Abbey completed a national mourning marked by an immense wave of grief. #x27;collective emotions since the death on September 8 of Elizabeth II in her Scottish castle of Balmoral.

At dawn, the last members of the public bowed before the Queen's coffin, on display 24 hours a day for five days on a towering catafalque, topped with the glittering Imperial Crown, in Britain's oldest chamber of parliament , Westminster Hall.

Hundreds of guests and dignitaries are seated in Westminster Abbey.

For this first state funeral since that of Winston Churchill in 1965, the gratin of world leaders moved, from the American president Joe Biden to the emperor of Japan Naruhito passing by the French president Emmanuel Macron.

After the invasion of Ukraine, Russia was not invited. On the other hand, the first lady of Ukraine Olena Zelenska is present. Not in years has London seen such an influx of dignitaries, and the capital's police have never experienced such a security challenge.

The coffin will arrive in procession, followed by King Charles III and members of the Royal Family on foot. He will leave after the ceremony for a final trip to Windsor, 35 km west of the capital, where the Queen will rest.

Young or old, hundreds of thousands will not want to lose a crumb of this historic event. The day is a public holiday and some slept there to ensure the best possible vantage point.

After the ceremony at Westminster Abbey, scheduled to last an hour and during which dozens of flights have been canceled so that the noise does not disturb the solemnity of the moment, the country will freeze for two minutes of silence.

Some 6,000 soldiers will take part in the ceremony.

Over 6,000 soldiers will take part in the ceremony.

The coffin will leave the Abbey followed by King Charles III, Queen Consort Camilla and members of the Royal Family, and will again be placed on a Royal Navy gun carriage before a historic procession, with great fanfare, through the streets of central London, to Wellington's Arch, from where he will leave by hearse for Windsor Castle.

She will be buried Monday evening in privacy, in the George VI Memorial, annex of the chapel of the castle where she had lived her last years. She will rest close to her parents and Prince Philip who died in April 2021. They were married for 73 years.

Queen Elizabeth II leaving Greater Moncton International Airport in 2002 with Prince Philip.

More and more frail in recent months, suffering from mobility problems, Elizabeth II still received, smiling, two days before her death, the brand new Prime Minister Liz Truss, her last public photo. She was the oldest serving leader in the world. During her life, she lived through the Second World War, saw the dissolution of the British Empire, the entry and then the exit from the European Union.

With Elizabeth II we turn the page of the last planetary queen, whose reign was unique in its duration and endurance.

She was at the time of her death, in addition to the United Kingdom, queen of 14 states, including Australia, Canada and New Zealand. Some of these countries have made no secret of their desire to see their relationship with the monarchy evolve.

After 12 exhausting days of traveling through the four constituent nations of the United Kingdom, walkabouts combined with the mourning of a mother, Charles III, 73, will have to write his own story.

Some dreamed of a rapid transition with the new Prince of Wales, his son William, 40. But Charles III promised, like his mother, to serve all his life.

Solemn, unifying, accessible and inclusive, he took reassuring first steps, with the calming presence of Camilla by his side. His approval rating has skyrocketed, now to 70% according to a new YouGov poll that puts William at 80%.

The challenges, many, are just beginning, however. The United Kingdom will then resume the thread of its life suspended since September 8. The cost-of-living crisis and social movements should quickly re-enter the headlines.

With information from Agence France-Presse

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